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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
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Francis Beaumont
(1584 - 1616)

 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born: 1584
Grace-Dieu, Leicestershire, England
 
Died: 1616
London, England
 
Related authors:
John Fletcher, William Shakespeare
 
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Francis Beaumont - LIFE STORIES
 
 
4/14/1607     Beaumont & Fletcher & Woman-Hating
Throughout the 1600s, plays by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher were produced and praised at four or five times the rate of Shakespeare's plays. If this popularity does not catch our attention, the plays do: in The Woman-Hater, A Wife for a Month, Cupid's Revenge, The Mad Lover and many more such, misogyny, chastity, rape, necrophilia and nymphomania are given every possible comic and tragic twist, often at the same time. . . .
10/31/1611     Beaumont, Fletcher, Maids
On this day in 1611 The Maid's Tragedy, by Francis Beaumont (left) and John Fletcher, was entered in the Stationers' Register. Beaumont and Fletcher dominated English theater throughout the 17th century; many of their plays were the sex-murder "stews" so popular at the time, but they were produced and praised at four or five times the rate of Shakespeare's plays, and contemporaries placed Fletcher in a "triumvirate of wit" with Shakespeare and Ben Jonson.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
The Woman Hater
by Francis Beaumont, John Fletcher
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Debt to Shakespeare in the Beaumont and Fletcher Plays
by David McKeithan
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Influence of Beaumont and Fletcher Shakespeare
by Ashley Thorndike
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Bartleby.com
Find literary criticism and analysis from the online electronic text of The Cambridge History of English and American Literature (1907–21). The chapter outline is as follows:

  • New influences on the Drama

  • Abandonment of Tragedy for Tragi-comedy; Lowering of moral standards

  • Contemporary appreciation of Beaumont and Fletcher's work

  • Biographies and early intimacy of the two Dramatists; Individual characteristics

  • Evidence as to authorship

  • Fletcher's Metrical Style: comparison with that of Shakespeare

  • Features assignable to Beaumont

  • Massinger's collaboration with Fletcher

  • Excellence of Fletcher's stage effects

  • His weakness in characterisation

  • Sources of his plays

  • Rapidity of production; Classification of the Plays

  • Tragedies; Romantic Dramas

  • Comedies

  • Qualities of language and style in Beaumont and Fletcher's plays
  • Luminarium.org
    Find a biography, bibliography, and links to a variety of resources, including essays, biographical information, and quotes from Bartlett's Quotations which include Philaster, The Maid's Tragedy, A King and No King, Scornful Lady, and The Little French Lawyer.
    Online Books Page
    Find electronic texts of The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Beaumont & Fletcher), Philaster: or, Love Lies A-Bleeding (Beaumont & Fletcher), and Salmacis and Hermaphroditus.
    TheatreHistory.com
    Read a biography from the 1911 anthology Chief Elizabethan Dramatists.

    "His collaboration with Fletcher began early, and seems to have been brought about by personal preference, not, like most collaboration at that time, by the exigencies of the theatrical manager. ... Their joint-production seems to have begun about 1605, and there is no evidence that Beaumont wrote any plays after 1612. About 1613 he married, and three years later died and was buried in Westminster Abbey. He had achieved a high contemporary reputation for his non-dramatic poetry, but he survives as a dramatist."
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